An early entry in the author's series of Victorian murder mysteries featuring Inspector Thomas Pitt and his wife Charlotte. "First Edition" stated on Copyright Page above a full number line ending with the numeral "1," indicating first printing; $17.95 issue price on DJ.Condition is VG/VG. Dust Jacket, in new archival-quality Brodart Protector, has some crimping and light chipping at top & bottom of spine; diagonal creases on rear flap, bottom-left, and on front flap, bottom-right; a few small scrapes on front panel, center; small chips at tops of folds between panels and flaps; light edge wear in some places elsewhere, along with a few small scratches and light scuff marks; light browning or toning around outer edges of flaps in some areas; front panel remains bright, with attractive cover art by Michael Sabanosh. Book is bound in black boards with gold lettering along spine; some crimping at top & bottom of spine; binding a bit slanted; a few small scuff marks and light edge wear to covers; ends tanned, with a few small smudges; blank end papers and paste-downs; tightly bound with clean pages throughout. A very nice First Edition of this Anne Perry Victorian murder mystery from the 1980s.